Now Hiring: Technical Coordinator

ASIA AND PACIFIC SEED ALLIANCE (APSA)

Vacancy Announcement

 

Job Title: Technical Coordinator

Unit/Division: Technical Programs

Duty Station: Thailand

Application Deadline: 31st January 2022

 

The Organization

Asia and Pacific Seed Alliance or The Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) was established in 1994, through the cooperation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and DANIDA, with the aim of promoting quality seed production and marketing in the Asia and Pacific Region. Today, APSA is the largest regional seed association in the world.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will work closely with APSA Technical Coordination Manager and Executive Director in formation to lead the technical meetings and coordinating with Technical Committees of APSA to conduct all technical related projects and activities. The primary responsibilities will include:

  • Work closely with APSA Technical Coordination Manager to develop activity plans for APSA Standing Committees (SCs), Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and other working groups, fucus on the whole picture initiatives intended to meet the Committees’ requirements under the supervision of APSA Executive Director.
  • Liaison with APSA SCs/SIGs and stakeholders to develop technical programs aligning with APSA Strategic Plans of seed quality movement, as well as drive the execution of technical project development concepts for the committees.
  • Coordinate with Technical Coordination Manager and Partnership Program Manager to interact with committees/stakeholders and APSA teams with respect to project problems and opportunities within the framework of the requirements throughout the delivery program and represent APSA as its advocate during the engagement process.
  • Strengthen program partnerships with national, regional and global organizations with a specific focus on those located in the Asia and Pacific Region. Find partners for APSA for programs and events in collaboration with other regional research institutions and government bodies.
  • Collect regular feedback from members on all APSA activities and implement improvements for the benefit of our stakeholders.
  • Responsible to find solutions for program problems or conflicts that may arise (resource constraints, requirement ambiguity, etc.) and communicate ongoing progress to committees/ stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with APSA Technical Coordination Manager to improve database of technical sessions' presentations, SC/SIG minutes, and APSA position documents on APSA website and hard copies of database.
  • Responsible for maintaining the database of SC/SIG committee members to ensure that activities are implemented according to APSA Constitutions, Anti-trust guideline for APSA meetings and TOR for chair, co-chair and committee members.
  • Coordinate with APSA Technical team and the Communications team to review the technical contents of Asian Seed Magazine. Coordinate with Events Manager and Membership Coordination Manager to plan and execute technical activities.
  • Active participation in APSA events and events organizing.
  • Perform other tasks that may be assigned by the Executive Director.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • Thai nationality or having Thai residence.
  • Master’s degree or higher with an agronomic major, plant biotechnology or related fields.
  • Minimum of two-year experiences in seed industry or seed regulatory affairs.
  • Fluent in English communication (both written and oral) and preferably other local languages of the region.
  • Ability to relate work harmoniously and effectively with peers of various nationalities, both in the public and private sector.
  • Computer skills, particularly: Microsoft word, Microsoft excel, professional email communication, time and project management tools.
  • Ability to travel both local and international.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of seed regulations and seed registration-related regulations in the Asia-Pacific region, plant variety protection requirements, seed export and import requirement including quarantine.
  • Have a strong aptitude and understanding of the technical aspects and capabilities of the organization. This will directly translate into a better execution of your technical programs.
  • Communicate the strategies, issues connected with the programs to all the principal stakeholders involved.
  • Demonstrate team spirit and positive attitude.

 

Reporting to: Technical Coordination Manager

Location The principal location will be the APSA Secretariat Office based in Bangkok, Thailand. Some international travel will be required.

Contract One year contract (Annual renewal with a possibility to turn permanent based on performance)


Application Interested applicants are requested to send their CV with expected salary and be accompanied by a cover letter to Ms. Weeranuch Mhadlhoo via email weeranuch@apsaseed.org, please also clearly indicate the name of applicant in the subject line of the email. Only candidates under positive consideration will be contacted for a written test and/or interview.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, 31st January 2022 (Midnight Bangkok time). No applications will be accepted beyond this date.